How long should you wait between eating a meal and working out? Any advice on what to eat before a work out?

  • 3 votes
    KateHough  over 1 year ago by: KateHough

    1 -2 hours works best for me. If I eat 2 hours before, then I eat a full meal. If I eat an hour before, a smaller snack is best so that the food has time to digest.

    • nithya22
      nithya22 over 1 year ago

      Great rule of thumb. Thanks!

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    Longhorn0915  over 1 year ago by: Longhorn0915

    I usually wait two hours. You don't want to feel that food drag you down when you are doing your workout.

    • nithya22
      nithya22 over 1 year ago

      I've been waiting 2 hours at the moment, good to know I'm doing something right! Thanks for the help :)

  • 1 vote
    Bawana  over 1 year ago by: Bawana

    30 Minutes I have always heard gives your stomic a chance to digest.
    As a kid we were not allowed to swim after dinner for at least one half hour, due to possible cramps, this is no longer followed. I think it gave our parents a chance to chill and not worry about us getting cramps.

    • nithya22
      nithya22 over 1 year ago

      hahaha good call!

    • Bawana
      Bawana over 1 year ago

      Thanks nithya22
      I also agree I dont like a full stomic weighing me down.
      Handfull of almonds just before a workout sounds great.

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    marhgobb  over 1 year ago by: marhgobb

    a quick snack before a workout..like a handful of almonds or somekind of nuts.....for some slow absorbtion in the belly...it gives you energy....slowly...but do not eat too much,,,you do not want the food to weigh you down..then within 45 min to an hour........down some protein and carbs to restore the lost glycegen levels in your liver and body...the stored part......thanks...

    • nithya22
      nithya22 over 1 year ago

      So you have protein and carbs after the workout, within 45 mins?

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    michaelk  over 1 year ago by: michaelk

    I usually time workouts to be before a main meal and try to avoid too much snacking anyway. To your point, I would wait 1-2 hours depending on if a snack filled you up and in that case, maybe you could consider smaller snacks.

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